Gainesville man arrested for robbery and setting a fire at a business


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Isaac Ivory Peterson, Jr., 35, was arrested late last night and charged with unarmed robbery after allegedly taking two items from Food Max and punching an employee who tried to stop him; Peterson is also facing a sworn complaint for setting a fire outside the KFC on E. University Avenue and damaging the business’ river rocks while putting out the fire.

At about 11 p.m. last night, a Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the Food Max on E. University Avenue, where an employee told him that Peterson had taken a soda and an oatmeal cream pie and tried to walk out with them. The employee said that when he tried to stop Peterson, Peterson punched him twice in the face before running out the door. A witness corroborated the employee’s account.

Post Miranda, Peterson reportedly admitted taking the two items and getting into a physical altercation with the store’s employee. He said he ate the oatmeal cream pie but later returned the soda to the store.

A sworn complaint was also filed against Peterson for a February 22 incident in which he allegedly burned his shoes and jacket outside the KFC in an attempt to stay warm. He allegedly used river rocks to put out the fire, causing damage to the river rocks. Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to put out the fire. Instead of arresting him, officers took him to a hospital as a Baker Act admission.

Peterson has been charged with robbery and criminal mischief. He has seven felony convictions (five violent) and 10 misdemeanor convictions (three violent). He has served three state prison sentences, with his most recent release in February 2022. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $75,000 for the robbery charge.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Is he related to the Main. St. Publix lottery ticket burglar? Soon there won’t be any businesses left in District 1, except excuse preaching “churches” and funeral homes.

  • Someone needs to make sure he reports his ill gotten gain of the oatmeal pie to the IRS next year as required by the new IRS publication.

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